FYWP faculty news

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Sep 232013

Some recent accomplishments and announcements from FYWP faculty members:

Cheryl Buchanan‘s essay “From Crowd to Community:  We are Boston” is forthcoming in the anthology Twitter to Tahrir Square: Ethics in Social and New Media Communication, published by ABC-CLIO.

Anne Champion‘s second poetry collection, Small Wreckage, was a Semi-Finalist for the Black Lawrence Press Hudson Prize.  She has recently had publications appear in Verse Daily, The Pinch, The Poetic Pinup Revue, A-Minor Magazine, Broad!, The Smoking Poet, and elsewhere.  She’s also recently published book reviews in PANK, Bookslut, HTMLGiant, and Pleiades.  She has participated in many reading series this summer to promote her first collection of poetry, Reluctant Mistress.

Amy Fant‘s story, “A Fabric of Tiny Foxes” was published in Weave Magazine.

Steve Himmer published a novel excerpt in Fiddleblack #11, and a review of Dennis Mahoney’s novel Fellow Mortals at Ploughshares. He was also interviewed recently by Delphi Quarterly.

Jon Irwin‘s book Super Mario Bros. 2 will be published this winter by Boss Fight Books, after a successful Kickstarter campaign to help launch the new small press.

Ashley Rivers has published recent articles in Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Spirit, and Dance Teacher. Also, along with Molly McGillicuddy and Pamela DeGregorio, she was recently hired as a Writing Coach for the Master of Public Policy program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Wes Rothman has had poems appear or accepted and forthcoming in The Rumpus, Inter|rupture, Breakwater Review, Paper Darts, Phantom Limb, Crab Orchard Review, Harpur Palate, Thrush, Asheville Poetry Review, 32 Poems, PANK, Similar:Peaks::, Drunken Boat, and The Harvard Divinity Journal. And a couple reviews to appear this fall on the Ploughshares Blog, The Rumpus, and in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Claudia Ward-de Leon‘s story “Six Reasons Why That Waitressing Job Didn’t Work Out” included in the anthology Flash Fiction Funny, edited by Tom Hazuka. A local reading to launch the book is coming up this fall, with details to be shared soon.

FYWP faculty news, Spring 2013

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May 032013

Anne Champion published her first collection of poetry, Reluctant Mistress, with Gold Wake Press in February.  She has recently had poems appear in Dressing Room Poetry Journal, New South, and Verse Daily.  Stone Highway Review nominated her poem “In Your Twenties” for a Pushcart Prize.  Additionally, she took a foray away from poetry and wrote a feature article defending the merits of Honey Boo Boo Child, which was published by PopMatters Magazine. She has also recently written book reviews for PANK magazine, Ploughshares, Pleiades, Rattle, and LitBridge.

Susannah Clark published her essay “Write What You Know” in Inman Review (Vol. 5).

Amy Fant published her poem “The Night Matthew Tried to End the Life of a Dying Deer” in Cumberland River Review.

Colleen Fullin published her story “The Break” in Black Fox Literary Magazine.

Steve Himmer published his story “Hard K” (excerpted from the anthology Hair Lit Vol. 1) at Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and “Three Arctic Relics,” a novel excerpt, at 3:AM Magazine. He presented with Louis Bayard, Keith Donahue, and Amber Sparks on the panel “Whose History is It, Anyway? Writing Historical Fiction in a Post-Modern World” at Conversations and Connections: Practical Advice on Writing at Johns Hopkins University’s Washington, DC campus in April.

Jon Irwin was made a staff writer at Kill Screen, a videogame arts and culture company, after two years of being a regular contributor. His recent pieces there include “On Sifteo”, and “Luigi’s Fear.”

Victoria Large published her story “Summer at the Murder House” at Monkeybicycle, and “Before the Earth Shook” in Carve Magazine. “Before the Earth Shook” also received an Honorable Mention in Carve‘s Esoteric Awards Contest.

Amy Lester, Angie Sarhan, and Abby Travis (with help from Beth Parfitt) presented on the panel “Showcasing the Work of a First-Year Writing Program: Building Community and Transferable Skills” at the University of Connecticut’s Freshman English Conference on the Teaching of Writing, “Collaboration and Conversation” in April.

Emily Neeves has been hired as an editorial assistant in the reference division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Beth Parfitt presented, “Case Study: Boston—Bridging Student Narratives with Service Learning,” at the Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention in Boston, MA in March. She was also an invited speaker at the the Cengage Learning TeamUP English Composition Conference in Chicago in April, where she presented “Creating an Online Space for Writing in the Composition Classroom.”

Miranda Roberson has three poems in the new issue of Red Weather, a literary journal published by Minnesota State University Moorhead (her alma mater).

Miranda Roberson, Laura Tetreault, and Abby Travis presented on the panel “Interdisciplinary Composition: Writing Beyond the Classroom + Complications to an Alliance between Composing and Creative Writing” at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate Student Conference, “Talking Beyond Disciplines: Rising Tides and Sea Changes” in April.

Wes Rothman has had book reviews and criticism recently appeared in or accepted by The Rumpus, The Los Angeles Review of Books, On the SeawallRATTLENewcityThe Los Angeles Review, and the Ploughshares blog. Poems have recently appeared in or been accepted by The RumpusSalamander, and Harpur PalateThe Bellingham Review nominated his poem from last fall’s issue for a Pushcart, and he was accepted to UMass Boston’s English MA program. He gave a paper on blues poetics at the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers annual conference in Athens, GA, and will be reading Saturday, May 4, at the Mass Poetry Festival in Salem with Salamander Magazine.

Wes Rothman and Abby Travis (with Curtis Ryan Purdue, Kelly Forsythe, and Jenniver Lagedrost) presented on the panel “Young Writers in Publishing: How Passion Fuels Professionalism” at AWP in March.

Sebastian Stockman reviewed books for The Kansas City Star and HTMLGiant, and wrote two essays on personal finance for LearnVest.

Laura Tetreault is going on to the PhD program in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Louisville, where she is the recipient of a University Fellowship. This semester she completed her MFA thesis, a nonfiction book titled End Times: The 21st Century Apocalypse in Secular America. She also presented a paper, “Complications to an Alliance Between Composition and Creative Writing,” at the English Graduate Student Association Conference at Northeastern University.

Abby Travis received runner-up in Emerson’s Graduate Writing Nonfiction Award for her essay, “They Say.”

FYWP news, Fall 2012

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Dec 142012

Anne Champion‘s poem “In Your Twenties” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Stone Highway Review.  Her poetry collection, Reluctant Mistress, will be published in February by Gold Wake Press.

Colleen Fullin published stories in Northwind, Bellow Literary Journal, and The Drum.

Steve Himmer published “George Washington” as part of Their Peculiar Ambitions: Forty-four stories about our forty-four presidents, and “Alligator, an autopsy” at Sundog Lit to celebrate a novel by Emerson MFA alum Robert Kloss. He reviewed books at TriQuarterly, Ploughshares online, and Necessary Fiction, and in October gave a reading at Brown University in Providence, RI.

Mary Kovaleski Byrnes was a finalist in the Subito Press Poetry Contest 2012 and a semi-finalist in the 2012 St. Lawrence Book Award. She received honorable mention for a formal poem in the Morton Marr Poetry Contest 2012 at Southwest Review. Her poems were published in Poetry Quarterly and the Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review.

Victoria Large has published stories recently in Postcard Shorts and HipsterFight! Magazine.

Wes Rothman has two poems in Salamander’s first 20th anniversary issue, and is now a member of Salamander’s board of directors. Consequence named one of his poems a finalist in their poetry contest, and Bellingham Review nominated one of his poems for a Pushcart Prize.

Sebastian Stockman published two reviews in the Kansas City Star, of Joe Drape’s Soldiers First and David Foster Wallace’s Both Flesh and Not. His piece on a conference on note-taking at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute ran on The Atlantic’s website.

One Last Gathering Before We Grade

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Dec 032012

The last leaves have fallen from the trees; the dark winter of final grading looms nigh. But do not go gentle into that good night of ungraded finals, papers, and projects. Come imbibe with other BRAWNers at “One Last Gathering Before We Grade” – a pre-apocalyptic, end-of-semester hurrah on Wed. Dec. 12, 7 to 9 p.m., at People’s Republik in Central Square, Cambridge. Feel free to bring fellow graders who could use the camaraderie. Remember, you are not alone. Rage against the dying of the light!

Wednesday, Dec. 12th

7-9 PM

People’s Republik

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Good news from Greg Nichols

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Nov 142012

For those who don’t know already, here’s some great news regarding an FYWP alum:

Greg Nichols’ STRIKING GRIDIRON: A Town’s Pride and a Team’s Shot at History During the Steel Strike That Changed America Forever, a portrait of Braddock, Pennsylvania, the legendary Coach Chuck Klausing, and the high school football team’s record-breaking sixth season in 1959, set against the backdrop of the longest steel strike in history.

Sold to Thomas Dunne Books.

Visit Greg at his blog, fieldblog.com, and follow him on Twitter at @gsnichs.

(via Laurie Abkemeier)

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